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Charles Henry Van Wyck

senator , congressman

Charles Henry Van Wyck, American senator, congressman. member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New York, 36th-37th, 40th-41st congresses, 1859-1863, 67-71; member Nebraska Senate, 1877-1881; member United States Senate (Republican) from Nebraska, 1881-1887.

Background

Wyck, Charles Henry Van was born on May 10, 1824 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. Son of Doctor Theodorus C. and Elizabeth (Mason) Van Wyck.

Education

Graduate with highest honors Rutgers, 1843.

Career

Admitted to bar, 1847. District attorney Sullivan County (New York), 1850-1856. Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New York, 36th-37th, 40th-41st congresses, 1859-1863, 67-71.

Commanded 56th New York Volunteers in Civil War, 1861-1865, promoted brigadier general, 1865. Moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska, 1874. Attended Nebraska Constitutional Convention, 1875.

Member Nebraska Senate, 1877-1881. Member United States Senate (Republican) from Nebraska, 1881-1887. Active in Farmer’s Alliance, Populist movements.

Unsuccessful Populist candidate for Nebraska Senate, 1894.

Membership

Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New York, 36th-37th, 40th-41st congresses, 1859-1863, 67-71. Member Nebraska Senate, 1877-1881. Member United States Senate (Republican) from Nebraska, 1881-1887.

Connections

Married Kate Brodhead, September 15, 1869, at least 1 daughter.

father:
Doctor Theodorus C. Wyck

mother:
Elizabeth (Mason) Van Wyck

spouse:
Kate Brodhead